The Trade Union Congress (TUC) meeting last week passed a motion to oppose the attempts of the US administration and Venezuelan bosses to overthrow Hugo Chavez.
John Wilkin, president of the lecturers’ union Natfhe, has recently been to Venezuela and proposed the TUC motion. He told Socialist Worker, “What strikes me most about Chavez’s Bolivarian Revolution is the involvement of ordinary people in the countryside and cities.
“There is a feeling that people who have had nothing for generations are doing things for themselves, which gets up the noses of George Bush, Tony Blair and the rest.
“There are major programmes in health and in education. We were at one health centre talking to doctors and nurses when a busload of young people arrived. We discovered that they were volunteers, checking for corruption and the misuse of resources.
“There was evidence of managers and supervisors in companies being removed, and of factories that had been run down by the opposition being taken over by workers.
“The new UNT union federation was formed in response to the attempts to overthrow the government, efforts that were supported by the old unions of the CTV.
“The UNT supports the Boliviarian Revolution, just as ordinary people support the changes of the last few years.
“Trade unionists should work with all the organisations providing solidarity with the Venezuela people and should send delegations to the World Social Forum in the capital, Caracas, in January next year.
“That will be an opportunity for people to witness the Boliviarian Revolution for themselves.”